Medicare Penalizes Nearly 1,500 Hospitals for Poor Quality

The rating system to determine Medicare payments is one effort to pay physicians based on performance.

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Clara Ritger
Nov. 15, 2013, 2:19 a.m.

In the second year of the Medi­care pro­gram to pay phys­i­cians based on per­form­ance, the gov­ern­ment will is­sue more pen­al­ties than bo­nuses to hos­pit­als na­tion­wide.

High scores on two dozen qual­ity meas­ure­ments grants 1,231 hos­pit­als high­er pay­ments in 2014, and poor per­form­ance has lowered the com­pens­a­tion for an­oth­er 1,451.

NPR re­ports that hos­pit­al ex­ec­ut­ives have giv­en the pro­gram mixed re­views. The ini­ti­at­ive is a piece of the Af­ford­able Care Act re­forms.

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